Trump: CIA Director Pompeo to Replace Tillerson as Secretary of State

March 13, 2018 08:48 AM

CIA Director Mike Pompeo is replacing Rex Tillerson as secretary of state.

President Donald Trump made the announcement via Twitter Tuesday morning.

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"Mike Pompeo, Director of the CIA, will become our new Secretary of State. He will do a fantastic job! Thank you to Rex Tillerson for his service! Gina Haspel will become the new Director of the CIA, and the first woman so chosen. Congratulations to all!," Trump said in a tweet.

According to the Associated Press, Tillerson had returned from a shortened trip to Africa just hours before the announcement.

According to the AP, Trump told reporters that he made the decision to oust Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "by myself."

Trump added Tillerson will be "much happier now," and he appreciates his service. Trump says he and Tillerson had been "talking about this for a long time," and they had disagreed on issues like the Iran deal.

Meanwhile, the undersecretary of state for public diplomacy, Steve Goldstein, said Tillerson "had every intention of staying" in the job because he felt he was making critical progress in national security.

Two White House officials said Tillerson was told he was out on Friday, according to the AP.

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